Research Projects

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lemminkäinen's Mother, 1897. Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jouko Könönen, Pirje Mykkänen.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lemminkäinen’s Mother, 1897. Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jouko Könönen, Pirje Mykkänen.

Väinö Blomstedt, Sunset, 1898. Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.
Väinö Blomstedt, Sunset, 1898. Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.

European Revivals – a Finnish National Gallery Research Project

The Finnish National Gallery established a research project titled ‘European Revivals’ in 2009. The reason behind the project is to stimulate debate and reflect upon the phenomena surrounding European national revivals by bringing together and analysing the multifarious connections and correspondences that have helped to shape the identities of modern European nations.

This ongoing project’s aims are fostered by encouraging scholarly networking between academia and museum professionals through organising or supporting affiliated seminars and conferences, all of which explore different aspects of these phenomena. Other initiatives that will take place under the auspices of the ‘European Revivals’ project include publications and international exhibitions culminating in 2018 in a scientific publication.

Towards the end of the 19th century, European artists began to express a new and profound interest in their unique local pasts and cultural inheritances. This was a discourse that was largely shaped by the desire within several countries for cultural and artistic, and ultimately social and economic, independence. Art-historical scholarship on the subject has been broadly established, but the ‘European Revivals’ project also strives to examine parallel phenomena from a wider-scale, international perspective.

As part of the project, a series of international conferences has already been organised, with the first taking place in 2009 in Helsinki. Each ‘European Revivals’ conference has its specific theme, title and organising team.

Here we give information on future conferences with links to the conference web sites. We also list here the previous conferences with their programmes.

Future Conferences

Details TBA

 

Past Conferences

2015

European Revivals Conference 2015: Artists’ Colonies and Nature in Art, Architecture and Design around 1900

The Tatra Museum, Zakopane, and Krakow, Poland

23–25 September 2015

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2014

European Revivals Conference 2014: Aesthetic Values in the National Context

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

23–24 October 2014

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2012

European Revivals Conference 2012: Modern Identities

Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

10–12 October 2012

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2009

European Revivals Conference 2009: Myths, Legends and Dreams of a Nation

Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

6–8 May 2009

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